Red Hoff

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Red Hoff
Chet Hoff.jpg
Born: (1891-05-08)May 8, 1891
Ossining, New York, United States
Died: September 17, 1998(1998-09-17) (aged 107)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 6, 1911, for the New York Highlanders
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1915, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 2-4
Earned run average 2.49
Innings pitched 83

Chester Cornelius "Red" Hoff (May 8, 1891 – September 17, 1998) was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball.


Born in Ossining, New York, he pitched for the New York Highlanders (renamed the Yankees in 1913) from 1911–1913 and for the St. Louis Browns in 1915.

Hoff made his major league debut on September 6, 1911. Pitching against the Detroit Tigers, he struck out the first batter he faced, Ty Cobb. In later years, Hoff recalled this as the highlight of his career.[1]

Although he only appeared in 23 games, Hoff is best remembered for being the oldest living ex-major leaguer at the time of his death in Daytona Beach, Florida, at the age of 107. He was the longest-lived person to have played in Major League Baseball. At the time of his death, he was also the longest-lived person to have played in any professional sport; this record was later surpassed by former Negro Leagues pitcher Silas Simmons, who was at least 108 years old and possibly as old as 111 when he died in 2006. Hoff died of complications resulting from an accidental fall.

At the time of his death, he was the last surviving person to have played in Major League Baseball during the dead-ball era, the historically low-scoring period from 1901 to 1920. (The aforementioned Simmons played in the Negro Leagues during that era.)

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Preceded by
Bill Otis
Oldest recognized verified living baseball player
December 15, 1990 – September 17, 1998
Succeeded by
Ike Kahdot


  1. ^ Geoffrey C. Ward, Baseball: An Illustrated History at 110 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1994) (based on a documentary filmscript by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns).